Meet Our Team

Our multi-disciplinary team consists of qualified professionals who share the goal of optimal health for the whole family. Paediatric care is a special focus, and we treat all ages besides, always striving to maximise health and wellbeing for all of our patients, with care and kindness.

Jati Bean, Osteopath, B.Clin.Sc., M.Ost.Med,. BCA.

Jati is deeply passionate about Osteopathy, his greatest joy is to facilitate healing in patients as they journey towards health and wellness. He maintains a keen interested in cranial osteopathy and continues to undertake study and research in this area. Jati believes that an Osteopath is a student in the university of the infinite.

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Jati has a special interest in paediatrics and has returned to the Gold Coast after spending time in the ACT at Canberra Osteopathic Centre. Where he worked along-side world renowned Osteopathic Practitioners Dr Catherine McDonald, Maxwell Fraval and Jared Palpratt.

 Jati has played high-level sports for most of his life and understands the impact injuries can have on performance. He has worked with athletes ranging from surfers, bodybuilder, golfers, basketball and football players.

Jati graduated from Southern Cross University with a Bachelor of Clinical Science which included a double major in Osteopathic Studies; Human Structure and Function and a Masters of Osteopathy.

Tamika Newman, Lactation Consultant, RN, RM, IBCLC

 

For over ten years Tamika worked in a large tertiary hospital where the majority of her time was spent assisting women establish breastfeeding. Tamika started her private practice on the Gold Coast in January 2015 and has enjoyed caring for mother/baby dyads ever since.

 

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Tamika’s philosophy around breastfeeding is to empower women to make informed choices during their breastfeeding journey by providing pathways relevant information to help each individual dyad on their unique journey. Tamika is passionate about finding the source of the breastfeeding challenge and supporting families to help them thrive.

Tamika received a Bachelor of Nursing in 2004, followed by Bachelor of Midwifery in 2005.
In 2010, she successfully sat her examination to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultation (IBCLC) and has been able to apply my knowledge gained from my midwifery work and focus and expand on the finer details of human lactation.

Throughout the years of her practice, she remains current with latest evidence based practices by attended many conferences and spending countless hours studying all things related to infant feeding, growth, sleep and development. Tamika has a special interested in oral anomalies such as tongue/lip ties and enjoy working with families to correct and establish effective feeding strategies.

As a mother of two beautiful children she understand just how important breastfeeding support is to establishing and maintaining a good breastfeeding relationship. Tamika is extremely passionate about assisting mothers during their transition to motherhood and particularly enjoy working with mothers to help meet their own personal goals during their unique breastfeeding journey.

 

Melinda Booth, Osteopath, B.Sc.(Clin); M.Ost.Med.

 

With her background of over 30 years of working with the human body as a professional ballet dancer, Pilates Instructor and massage therapist, Melinda has a strong first-hand understanding of how the body moves. She believes that movement is a fundamental building block of health.

 

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Melinda focusses on restoring motion where it has been lost in the belief that improved function leads to improved overall wellbeing. Symptomatic relief is the first goal, followed by optimising the function of the body. Empowering the patient to understand and manage their pain, as well as addressing any factors that contribute to that pain is a key part of Melinda’s osteopathic care.

Melinda holds a Master of Osteopathic Medicine and a Bachelor of Clinical Sciences from Southern Cross University. She is interested in assisting with a wide variety of complaints, including back pain, neck pain and headaches. Melinda uses a wide variety of techniques ranging from cranial work to joint manipulations, depending on the patient’s needs. Since the birth of her two sons, she has developed a keen interest in working with babies, children and their parents and regularly completes further study into paediatric osteopathy.

Melinda currently tutors the 3rd and final year students at Southern Cross University in paediatrics and cranial osteopathy.

 

 

Andrew Welsh, Osteopath, B.Sc, M.H.Sc, PhD

 

Andrew provides physical therapy services to restore and promote function and health for all ages and abilities, including elite athletes and special forces personnel. He has been a course and workshop presenter for Sports Medicine Australia over the past seven years, including training and assessing allied health professionals, a Clinical Educator at Victoria University supervising and training senior Osteopathic students in clinical practice.

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He has a strong focus on manual and exercise therapy using objective outcome measures/baseline measurement and evidence-informed management.

Andrew is comfortable working in various settings with diverse patients ranging from Olympic athletes, footballers, ADF special forces, ballet and performing arts, corporate/workplace health assessment, manual handling and ergonomics, and the general public.

He has recently returned from work, continuing education & research in Germany and Switzerland and we are delighted to have him join our team while he stays on the Gold Coast.

Nathan Dick, Psychotherapist for Individuals & Relationships, MGestTherapy.

Nathan has a Masters Degree in Gestalt therapy and training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (for working with relationships and couples) and Depth Enquiry (similar to EMDR, for trauma, anxiety and depression). He has a particular interest in helping people recover from traumatic experiences and supporting relationships through challenging times, towards authentic, deep connection. 

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Nathan has training and experience working cross-culturally, having research and practical experience with people from marginalised experiences. 
Nathan’s approach is gentle, evidence-informed, trauma-sensitive, attachment & neuroscience-informed. Attachment theory, trauma and embodiment are particular interests and inform the work he does with clients. Nathan enjoys helping people reconnect with their bodies, make sense of their emotions, heal past hurts and lay down new neural pathways, for enduring change. This is achieved primarily through developing and maintaining a secure, safe therapeutic relationship as the essential base. 
Nathan works to level the power imbalance inherent in a therapist-client relationship. Rather than being the “expert” he works with clients in an authentic collaborative relationship, accompanying them in a process of awareness-raising. Together, he works with clients toward understanding habitual patterns, stuckness and difficulties. Through growing awareness, acceptance and experimentation, it often becomes clear that the original “problems” were necessary and normal responses to particular components of the client’s situation. Thus, what was previously considered a problem is re-framed as a creative response and can be viewed as a potentially helpful tool to be valued; available when needed. 
 
This can be a major paradigm shift and is a significant moment in the therapeutic journey. Additionally, through further exploration and experiment, Nathan will work with clients towards freeing the stuckness, if it is a relic of an old situation it is likely no longer required or relevant, or so that they may be able to choose if or when it’s needed. 
 
Meaningful and lasting change takes time and repetition, both inside and outside of the therapy room. Counselling and psychotherapy can be an important part of the healing process, but it is not the whole process. A therapeutic relationship with the right therapist is a support which can guide one towards greater enrichment, life-purpose and healing. 
 
If you have ever considered counselling or psychotherapy and you’re interested in having a chat, Nathan would love to hear from you and can offer a free initial phone or Zoom consultation if you would like to ask him anything. 

Anna Potts, Remedial Massage Therapist, B.Sc. Dip. RMT

 Anna provides holistic treatment and management for acute and chronic injuries, neuromusculoskeletal conditions and posture correction. She has 15 years of massage experience and has worked in Australia and Switzerland. As a remedial massage therapist, she has worked at sporting events, such as the Kingscliff Triathlon.

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Anna is a qualified remedial massage therapist and holds a Bachelor of Clinical Sciences. She is currently completing a Master of Osteopathic Medicine at Southern Cross University and plans to be a registered osteopath by 2022.

In 2019, Anna went to Japan where she gained Kinesio Taping and Slacking Therapy skills. She also had the opportunity to observe Japan’s national soccer team’s physiotherapist at work in Nissan Stadium, Yokohama. She found these experiences very valuable in improving her skills. Her strong interest in the human body, motivates her to develop her therapeutic skills and knowledge through self-education and professional development courses.

Some of the therapeutic techniques she uses include soft tissue massage, myofascial release, myofascial dry needling, trigger point therapy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), muscle energy technique (MET), kinesiology taping and sports taping.

Anna endeavours and individually tailors treatment plans to ensure her clients achieve optimal results and performance to reach their personal goals. Whether your goal is starting a new fitness challenge, reaching your personal best or completing everyday tasks without pain or restriction.

Claire Ryan, Speech Pathologist, B Sp Path MSPA CPSP, Orofacial Myologist

After completing her degree in Speech Pathology at Southern Cross University, Claire entered the Speech Pathology world to explore her passion in literacy, language, speech, feeding, and Orofacial Myology. Currently, Claire heads the La La Speech Pathology Gold Coast practice where she is focused on applying evidence-based treatments to assist children with their learning difficulties in all areas of language and literacy.

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When treating children with speech sound errors and feeding, she likes to take a holistic approach. Her additional training in Orofacial Myology forms a big part of her treatment as she finds many patients have some degree of oral dysfunction, meaning they find it difficult to use their oral anatomy correctly (tongue, jaw and lips) effectively. Not surprisingly, these are the parts of the body that are important to produce speech and also feeding from birth. She works as a part of our multidisciplinary team to support correct function for breastfeeding, bottle feeding, eating, swallowing, breathing and speaking and she loves working with the amazing team at Coastal Osteopathy and Family Health Clinic to achieve outcome for our clients of all ages.
Being a speech pathologist is her passion and she feels so fortunate and proud to say she loves what she does. In her spare time, Claire enjoys playdates at the beach with her beautiful young family and making lifelong memories with family and friends.

Mitchell Barnes, Remedial Massage Therapist, Dip. RMT

 Mitch is very passionate about restoring suboptimum areas of the human body and enabling quality, pain free movement for his clients – leading them to live a happier and more productive lifestyle.

Growing up in northern NSW, Mitch played a range of sports at a high level and understands the importance of looking after your body.

 

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After graduating from his diploma of remedial massage, Mitch has gained proficiency in treating a range of acute and chronic conditions through the use of a number of massage modalities. These include trigger point therapy, PNF and MET stretching techniques, deep tissue and myofascial release.

A functional movement analysis and an individualised treatment plan is incorporated into your session with him, helping to restore your body back to its optimal biomechanical functioning. With the intention to finish his Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science degree in 2021 as well as his Master of Exercise Clinical Exercise Physiology degree in 2022, Mitch’s anatomical knowledge combined with his hands-on treatment approach provide his clients with an evidence-based healing experience. 

Linda Chan, Holistic Nutritionist

 

Linda believes a person’s health is an expression of the complex interplay between the physiological, emotional, environmental, as well as spiritual aspects of each individual’s unique life and being.  Therefore, when it comes to building health through nutrition, each individual should be supported uniquely and differently.

 

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With an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Nutritional Therapeutics, Linda approaches each case with a science-based mindset and skillset while also valuing the importance of a client’s mind-body-spirit connection to his or her health and wellness.

Linda is thorough and attentive to detail, and she practices from a place of care.  Her passion in holistic nutrition and wellness has kept her busy as a student.  She is currently undertaking further studies in Clinical Nutrition accredited by ATMS (Australian Traditional Medicine Society), a postgraduate degree in Human Nutrition, in addition to further training in Bach Flower and traditional Chinese medicinal diet.

During consultation, Linda will assess each case history thoroughly in order to get a comprehensive understanding of the clients’ health concerns and underlying causes.  This vital information will serve as a guide for Linda to formulate recommendations on dietary advice, nutritional supplements, and/or lifestyle modifications.  Linda aims to support each individual client in achieving his or her best possible state of health.   Further investigation via functional testings may also be recommended. 

Linda has a special interest in:

  • Gut health
  • Detoxification
  • Sports nutrition
  • Food allergies
  • Nutrition for all age especially children and adolescents
  • Member of International Institute for Complementary Therapists
  • Student member of Australian Traditional Medicine Society
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When treating children with speech sound errors and feeding, she likes to take a holistic approach. Her additional training in Orofacial Myology forms a big part of her treatment as she finds many patients have some degree of oral dysfunction, meaning they find it difficult to use their oral anatomy correctly (tongue, jaw and lips) effectively. Not surprisingly, these are the parts of the body that are important to produce speech and also feeding from birth. She works as a part of our multidisciplinary team to support correct function for breastfeeding, bottle feeding, eating, swallowing, breathing and speaking and she loves working with the amazing team at Coastal Osteopathy and Family Health Clinic to achieve outcome for our clients of all ages.
Being a speech pathologist is her passion and she feels so fortunate and proud to say she loves what she does. In her spare time, Claire enjoys playdates at the beach with her beautiful young family and making lifelong memories with family and friends.

Cole Clayton, Osteopath, M.Ost.Med, MHlth (Clinical Rehab), B.Clin Sci, GCert HProm, BFA.

I believe breathing well gives everything else context. With a solid foundation you can explore the infinite possibilities of breath, movement and health – but I reckon you gain more than that. You gain a whole new insight into day to day living.

 

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I don’t say that lightly either. Up until around 34 years old my breathing was, well – crap. My energy wasn’t far behind and my mind was pretty riddled with anxiety, insecurity and a whole load of searching. They say “not all those that wander are lost”, but I sure as hell was.

This wasn’t for lack of trying though, I tried a lot of things to help, just everyday I woke up feeling like rubbish, my muscles fatigued quickly, ached constantly and I was tetchy as a rabid dog.

Then a synchronistic meeting with a mad-cat dentist set me down a trail. “You want to know the secret?” he says – yeh bring it…

“AIRWAY”!! The guy says with almost biblical conviction…

Airway? Yep the hardware you’ve got and how you use it. All of it; ribs, spine, neck, diaphragm, nose, mouth, blood, guts, brain – it’s all involved and it’s all complex.

It’s beautiful too.

And it saved my life, my mental health, my sleep and it was the secret sauce in me finding myself.

It’s what got me through 5 years studying osteopathy and a bunch of other hard stuff. What I’ve learned isn’t the next big thing but it’s the baseline for exploring the horizons offered by the current trend – breathing practice.

My work combines breath work, cranial and general osteopathy and cranio-facial exercise to help be part of the “airway” solution, helping people learn, understand and be empowered to make life-long change.

 

 

 

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